The first LINX surgery in the region has been performed at Temecula Valley Hospital. The LINX Reflux Management System is a new surgical treatment for those who suffer from severe heartburn issues, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This system is an implantable device that helps strengthen a weak lower esophageal sphincter and restores the sphincter competence, preventing stomach acid from escaping into the esophagus.
GERD is a very prevalent disease in the United States. It becomes costly, affects the quality of an individual’s life, and can lead to other serious complications. Alleviating the symptoms of GERD will not stop its progression. Preventing stomach acid from escaping into the esophagus is key to treating GERD. Some of the symptoms of GERD include heartburn, difficulty swallowing, chest pain, cough, and shortness of breath.
The LINX Reflux Management System is an implantable device that consists of a series of titanium beads. The magnetic beaded bracelet is placed around the esophagus where it joins the stomach. The beads constrict and prevent acid from escaping the stomach while allowing the patient to eat and drink normally. The laparoscopic procedure lasts 30-45 minutes and patients can often resume a normal diet that same night.
“We are very pleased to be the first in the region to provide this new minimally invasive procedure,” said Darlene Wetton, Chief Executive Officer, Temecula Valley Hospital. “The opportunities that the LINX Reflux Management System can provide for those suffering from gastric reflux disease are life-changing. We are proud of our staff for being able to provide surgical treatment for a disease that affects so many people."